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Shelter adoption - dog with broken bone
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17 August 2023 - 4:51 am
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I adopted a seven month old black lab on Saturday.  I took her for a wellness vet check on Monday.  I adopted a sick dog, besides the tick decease she has a broken bone I. Her front leg.  The injury appears to be older, there is a lot of scar tissue, repair surgery is not an option.  

if I return her, they will put her down. They do not have the time or resources to handle a sick dog.  Unfortunately, neither do I.  

I’m angry that their vet missed this and now I’m in a position to make a decision about next steps.  For a young dog that is very personable…still needs a lot of training (is not potty trained) 

So here I am, a few days into this adoption not knowing what to do. 

Do you know of an organization that actually takes dogs that require surgery, and helps them through surgery, post surgery  and recovery?


beside myself 

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17 August 2023 - 8:40 am
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Hi Ella,

I'm sorry you find yourself in this position.  My tripawd was surrendered to rescue at an emergency vet after she was hit by a car and her people couldn't afford the cost of surgery.  The rescue paid for her surgery and made her available for adoption, which is how she came into my life.  Maybe something like this is an option for you?  


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17 August 2023 - 9:13 am
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Hi Ella, I'm so sorry you're in this position after trying to give this pup a good home - and I understand the limits of time, energy, and money in a situation like this where you weren't told the full story.

Mischief's idea is a good one. If there's a local pet hospital in your area I wonder if they know of the sort of rescue organization you're looking for. Also, if you do a search on Petfinder for rescues in your area you may be able to talk to a few and find one that specializes in special needs pups.

There's also a rescue forum here on Tripawds - you could post a message about your pup there and see if a Tripawds member is interested in adopting her from you.

Again, I'm so sorry you find yourself in this tough spot. Sending warmth and support.sp_hearticon2

Natalie & Juno (aka June)

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20 August 2023 - 8:43 pm
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Ella just checking in. How's it going with your dog? Sorry you are going through this. 

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